Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Hate to Say Goodby to Cliffside RV Park

30 June 2019

Tomorrow we depart for Ellensburg,WA for 1 night and then on to Fairchild AFB for 3 nights before arriving Missoula for a week.

Sure do hate to say goodby to Cliffside at NAS Whidbey Island as it is our favorite park. Thank you Ken and staff for making this a number 1 park..see you next year.

Took a final walk through the woods, got some more eagle pictures..can never get enough.




Large Eaglet


Eaglet

Eaglet


Our neighbor,Catherine, collected driftwood on the beach and made a very unique and artistic Horse's head. She is very talented. Had nice visits with her and husband Jim. Since they are planning at some point to travel to Newfoundland, gave them all my notes and maps and atlas we didn't use as we are attached to the one friends Don and Carolyn gave us. Besides it has all our routes and places of interest highlighted. Thank you friends for the bottle of wine and for introducing us to Pellagrino zero calorie mineral water. Maybe now John will give up Dasani Zero Cherry and Zero Cherry Coke. The Pellagrino does not have artificial sugar and is healthier.


Had to say and get hug from Koa, Catherine and Jim's sweet dog. Will miss him.

Hug From Koa


One day we drove back to Mt Erie in Anacortes for a view of Campbell Lake and pause at memorial for Jonathan Glass who fell from the rocks in 1992 at age of 13. Brought tears to my eyes. While we up at the viewpoint, a man and his golden retriever were sitting on the rocks and of course I had to pet Dawson. Seems they hike up often,not an easy hike.




It is here at Cliffside RV Park that I get many steps and one day even did over 5 miles.

John celebrated his 82nd birthday on the 24th and had a molar that was infected pulled two days later. He found a very good dentist in Anacortes that took our insurance and was able to give him 2 appointments on an emergency need.

Well, it is time to get the iHome ready for travel..dread going thru Seattle again. Oh yes, all the rocks I placed in the forest are now gone..either relocated or kept. That is the way it goes.

Another beautiful sunset.



Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Eagle Facts and More Photos

18 June 2019

Below are some interesting facts about eagles:

Eagles build the largest tree nests of any bird and their nests can weigh up to 1 ton and measure 13ft deep and 8ft wide and stand as much as 125ft above ground

Female Bald Eagles are 25% larger than males

Bald Eagles have an average wingspan of 6-8ft.

Only the Bald and Golden Eagles are found in North America and Mexico

Fish make up more than 50% of their diet.

68% Bald Eagle deaths are caused by humans either directly or indirectly such as power lines, wind turbines, colliding with buildings and cars or being shot

Over half million Bald Eagles were present in the 1700's. Chemical pesticides had an impact on their deaths. In 1952 the nesting pairs were reduced to 412 and in 2006 that number increased to 9,800.

They can reach 100 MPH in a dive and can fly 35 to 45 miles per hour

There are 70 different species of eagles over the world with 60 species living in Eurasia and Africa

Bald Eagles can live up to 20 to 35 years

They mate for life and reuse the nest year after year and lay 1-3 eggs a year. They mate while free falling

If you find a Bald Eagle feather on the gound, you need a permit to pick it up

When they lose a feather on one wing, they will lose one on the other in order to keep balance

The name Bald comes from an old English word "balde" meaning white

They ride air currents in front of thunderstorms

Alaskan Salmon fishermen killed over 100,000 Bald Eagles from 1917-1953 fearing threat to salmon industry

Eaglets don't get the white head until they are 5 years old

The above sources were gotten from several different web sites.


In our 6 years of coming here since 2014, I am always fascinated and loved watching them and taking photos.What a magnificent  bird. Have not gotten that one photo of inflight, but will keep trying.

Here are some more photos.



Eaglet


Eaglet


Thursday, June 13, 2019

More Photos from Cliffside RV Park NAS Whidbey Island

12 June 2019

On walk today took more eagle pictures and views from campground.

It is such a beautiful and serene campground.

View of Olympic Mountains

View of San Juan Islands

Pair of Eagles

Cute Bunny




One of Many Flower Gardens in Campground


Eagle and I think Eaglets

In flight


Seaching for Fish

In Flight

Mt Baker
 To stay busy, I have been decorating some rocks to hide in the trees and bushes. Unfortunately I am not an Artist, but want to improve. The beach has lots of rocks.

Boeing Factory Tour

11 June 2019

Today we drove Hwy 20 S to Clinton in order to take the ferry to Mulkilteo For the Boeing Factory Tour. The ferry ride is only 10 minutes and they run frequently..no reservations necessary, just get in line. Cost for car and passenger around $12 ow.

Mulkilteo Lighhouse View from Ferry


Reservations for the factory tour are recommended and cost is $20 for military and $23 for seniors.  The visitor center and start of tour is located on Paine Field Blvd around 2 miles from the ferry. From here busses take you to the factory location in Everett WA. Please note: no cameras, cell phones, water bottles, purses or backpacks permitted. You can obtain a locker for your belongings at no cost.  It is here that the 787 Dreamliner, 767,777 and 747 are assembled. We had an excellent guide who was most informative. I found the factory mind boggling and awesome. Some 35,000 employees on 3 shifts are employed here.



Took some pictures of the outside of factory from parking area and the one of the inside of plant is from a poster in visitor center. The tour last around 90 minutes and involves some stair climbing and underground tunnel walking.  Located in the area are some other sights such as Restoration Center and Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museums. We did not have time for a visit this trip.






On display in the Visitor Center is the Destiny Module, US Laboratory used for payloads on ISS and on loan from the Museum of Flight.





On the way back stopped at Joe's Pizza in Langley for dinner. Spotted a deer across highway eating dinner in the cemetery.



Also got photos of Mt Baker and Mt Ranier.

Mt Baker

Mt Ranier


Friday, June 7, 2019

First Week at NAS Whidbey Island Cliffside RV Park

01 June 2019

Once again we have arrived at NAS Whidbey Island Cliffside RV  park, our favorite located on Strait of Juan de Fuca WA.

Site #12

One of Many Beautiful Flowerr Gardens

View of Strait From #12

Behind our Site


We prefer middle row, back-in, northside as it affords a view of Strait. We are for the 3rd time in #12. Ken and his staff continue to maintain the park with beautiful flower gardens, driftwood displays and activities. Signs I made last year are still in place with a minor tweak on Joy Sign and adding another year to name sign. The setting is quiet, peaceful and serene. Yes, there are Navy planes flying over, but not an issue..jet noise is freedom.

Tide's Out

Tide's In

View of Campground from Beach

View of Campground from Hill


Weather has been cloudy with some rain, but still manage to get walks in thru the woods and along the strait and beach.


Have spotted several eagles, rabbits and Orcas in the distance...too far for photo.John took Eagle photos. Park is full and will remain so through the summer. It is open year round in spite of snow on occasion.








Drove up to Bellingham and Blaine one day so John could get photos of radar site which is now a park and Lion's camp being taken care of by volunteers from Americorps. Many of the original buildings and housing remain.

While we are here we want to visit the Paine Field Air Museum.

We depart on the 1 July for WA and MT.